Increase in imports, competition fuels rise in ‘food fraud’ – The Boston Globe

Posted on April 13, 2010 by


Did you know that “food fraud” has been documnented in fruit, juice, olive oil, spices, vinegar, wine, spirits, maple syrup, and appears to pose a significant problem in the food industry according to the Boston Globe.

Labeling is a huge problem and rests on the shoulders of the overburdened FDA. Combating fraud has taken a back burner to the all important food contamination. Enter DNA testing and other high tech tools that can detect “food fraud” that may have gone unnoticed a decade ago.

There is another tool called isotope ratio analysis determines subtle differences in food whether a fish was wild or farm raised and whether Caviar came from Finland or the U.S.

John Spink, a Michigan State University specialist in food and packaging fraud, estimates that 5 to 7 percent of the food supply could be affected and the number could be higher. That’s crazy.

In this economy we should get what we pay for ESPECIALLY in food.

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Increase in imports, competition fuels rise in ‘food fraud’ – The Boston Globe

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